DePaul vs. Milwaukee Preview

As you drive north on I-294 towards Allstate Arena, you will see a billboard for the Panthers which declares the team as Milwaukee’s best.  That’s something that DePaul fans would like to agree with them on.

Key Information

DePaul Blue Demons (1-1) vs. Milwaukee Panthers (1-1) – Sunday, November 20th, 12:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

Television – FOX Sports 1

Radio – WSCR AM 670

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The Milwaukee Panthers are coming off a season where they finished 20-13, upset the Wisconsin Badgers, and were certainly going to receive a postseason bid.

So what happened?  Coach Rob Jeter was fired for his efforts and the school declined to play in the postseason.

Jeter’s firing was followed by an offseason where disgruntled players left the program. Guard Akeem Springs, forward Austin Arians, and Jordan Johnson have all found new homes.  All three would have started for the Panthers this season if they had stayed. 

Needless to say, the Milwaukee Panthers are a team that is in disarray.

The man tasked with rebuilding the program now is former Michigan assistant coach LaVall Jordan.  Jordan has his work cut out for him as he tries to restore the Panthers program.

The Panthers are off to a 1-1 start on the young season.  Their lone win was a 88-58 victory over the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a team that plays in Division III.

Milwaukee then lost 68-54 to the Memphis Tigers on the road on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee’s leading returning scorer is senior Cody Wichmann.  Wichmann led the Panthers in scoring in the loss to Memphis with 18 points, all of which came from beyond the arc (six of eight on trifectas).

Rebounding has been a glaring weakness for the Blue Demons in their first two games.  In this one, DePaul will need to keep Brock Stull off the boards.  Stull is averaging a double-double of 10.5 points and 10 rebounds per game.

The Last Time

On December 7, 2014 at Allstate Arena, the Blue Demons defeated the Panthers 83-61 in what was their fourth straight non-conference win.

DePaul held Milwaukee to 37.5 percent shooting from the field and threw themselves a block party with 10 blocked shots on the day.   

DePaul got the job done with balanced scoring. All five starters finished in double-figures. Sophomore guard Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way for the Blue Demons with 18 points and four assists. Garrett was also a perfect 11 for 11 from the free throw line. Myke Henry and Tommy Hamilton added 15 points apiece. Hamilton also corralled nine rebounds and blocked three shots. DePaul senior Jamee Crockett chipped in with 13 points. Durrell McDonald contributed with 10 points.

The Blue Demons shot 21 of 23 from the charity stripe.

The balanced offense did the trick, putting up 83 points on a UWM team that was only allowing 55.2 points per game coming into the game.

Steve McWhorter and J.R. Lyle led the way for the Panthers with 13 points apiece.

Milwaukee Roster

#          NAME POS.    HT.      WT.     YEAR HOMETOWN / HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE          MAJOR

0          Bryce Barnes   G         5-11     172      Fr.        Chicago, Ill. / Bogan Prep      Finance

1          Jeremiah Bell  G         6-0       171      So.       Louisville, Ky. / Boyle County/Vincennes University            Undecided

3          Brock Stull      G         6-4       195      R-So.   Rockford, Ill. / Boylan Catholic         Criminal Justice

4          Jeremy Johnson           G         6-3       175      R-Fr.    Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Champlin Park            Marketing

5          Cody Wichmann         G         6-5       210      Sr.        Pulaski, Wis. / Pulaski            Accounting

10        Sam Burkart    G         5-11     195      Fr.        Kaukauna, Wis. / Appelton Xavier     Supply Chain & Marketing

11        Zac Saddler     F          6-7       200      Fr.        New Braunfels, Texas / New Braunfels         Engineering

13        August Haas    G         6-1       187      Fr.        Copenhagen, Denmark / Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium            Finance

15        Baylor Peterson          G         6-2       180      So.       Edina, Minn. / Edina  Marketing

20        Derek Rongstad          G/F      6-5       210      R-So.   Middleton, Wis. / Middleton  Economics

21        Dan Studer      F          6-7       230      Sr.        Germantown, Wis. / Germantown / Stevens Point            Marketing

23        Seth Dittmer   F          6-9       210      Fr.        Pewaukee, Wis. / Homeschooled       JAMS

24        Bryce Nze       F          6-7       230      Fr.        Hartland, Wis. / Arrowhead   Undecided

31        Cameron Harvey         G         6-3       205      Gr.       Collegeville, Pa. / Wheaton Academy / Stetson            Liberal Arts (MBA)

50        Brett Prahl       F          6-9       225      R-Jr.    East Troy, Wis. / East Troy    Accounting

52        Alex Prahl       F          6-9       225      R-Jr.    East Troy, Wis. / East Troy    Accounting


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